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Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
Fanfare, November 2015

The cast, led by the regal and melancholy Krassimira Stoyanova as the Marchallin, the incomparable Sophie Koch as Octavian, and the virile Faninal of Adrian Eröd is uniformly compelling, but it is the original portrayal of Baron Ochs by Günther Groissböck that steals the show. Likely the youngest and sexiest Ochs in memory, he plays the conceited baron as an inveterate skirt-chaser—arrogant, narcissistic, overtly seductive, occasionally dangerous, and completely insensitive to others—and he uses his rich, warm bass with intelligence, force, and the careful articulation so necessary to conveying the nuances of the character. The Vienna Philharmonic plays to the manner born with lush abandon under the carefully sculpted reading of Strauss’s score. For an opera as frequently performed as this one, this DVD will give the viewer the refreshing sense of seeing and hearing Rosenkavalier for the first time. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
Fanfare, November 2015

…[Günther Groissböck] plays the conceited baron as an inveterate skirt-chaser…and he uses his rich, warm bass with intelligence, force, and the careful articulation so necessary to conveying the nuances of the character. The glorious décor by Hans Schavernoch is a paean to Jugendstil Vienna, and the once enfant terrible régisseur Harry Kupfer here opts for a dramatically cohesive, psychological astute telling of the opera. The Vienna Philharmonic plays to the manner born with lush abandon under the carefully sculpted reading of Strauss’s score. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Bill White
Fanfare, September 2015

…the Ochs here, bass Gunther Grossböck, is a very good one. Portrayed unusually as a young lecher and womanizer, Grossböck’s version of preening peacock Ochs is quite attractive looking… Grossböck is also in impressive voice and quite entertaining to watch. Stoyanova produces a rich, plumy sound as the Marschallin, with all the notes firmly in place. As usual, the Vienna Philharmonic is the band in attendance in Salzburg. Here it lives up to its exalted Straussian reputation led by another Salzburg veteran, conductor Franz Welser-Möst. Together they almost make Strauss sound like a genius. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, July 2015

The cast of singers are all thoroughly on top of their game, looking the part as well as sounding it. Krassimira Stoyanova’s Marschallin oozes class, right down to the fur cuffs on her dressing gown. Her voice is rich, pearly and full of style, perfect for this part.

Underpinning the success of everything is the stunning performance of the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit, glowing and pulsating throughout. Their orchestral playing is in a class all of its own… The energetic warmth of the sound, combined with the incredible precision of their playing, demands to be heard, and the surround-sound option allows it to come to life brilliantly. Welser-Möst’s direction is flexible, warm, and alive to all the nuances of the drama, but he broadens out magnificently for the final 15 minutes, which set the seal on a superb performance. The video direction, by the ever dependable Brian Large, is ideal, as is the picture quality on Blu-ray. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
Fanfare, July 2015

…this Blu-ray offers a gloriously sung and acted, lavishly produced, beautiful to watch account of Strauss’s bittersweet comedy. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, May 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 719308
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719404

The cast is quite good. In the title role, Sophie Koch…handles all the vocal challenges superbly.

…the Vienna Philharmonic plays this as well as anyone, and Franz Welser-Möst keeps tempos as they should be. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, April 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 719308
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719404

Günther Groissböck is in many ways terrific, and sings the role impressively. The Vienna Philharmonic play the score with wonderful style…and Franz Welser-Möst’s conducting keeps things ticking along efficiently. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Christopher Cook
BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 719308
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719404

Hooray for director Harry Kupfer! His Salzburg Festival production transfers Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from the 18th century to 1911 when it was composed, and all the traditional cuts in the opera have been restored. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine




Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com, March 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 719308
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719404

Groissböck’s energetic performance comes close to stealing the show…

The Vienna Philharmonic under Franz Welser-Möst delivers its trademark sumptuous tone combined with buoyancy and suppleness. © 2015 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, February 2015

This is one of today’s rare opera productions bringing satisfaction from the musical as well as from the visual point of view. A fine staging, mostly outstanding singers and an outstanding orchestral playing make this videodisc worthwhile. © 2015 Pizzicato





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